ROSEBURG, Ore. — The impact of the heavy, wet snow that fell back at the end of February in central Douglas County and southern Lane County is being felt again by hazelnut growers, this time during harvest.
Apples, milk and wheat still lead Washington agricultural production, but overall production was down 2% in 2018 from the previous year.
An apple industry leader says producers need to listen to retailers who say too many apple varieties, volume and competitors cause consumption to drop.
California’s almond growers have renewed a federal marketing order to keep their promotional organization for another five years.
Experts differ on whether Washington’s large and growing 2019 apple crop means a rough marketing season ahead as growers race cold weather to finish the last 30% of harvest.
Attorneys show a federally-ordered tree fruit wage increase is faulty and argue it was arbitrary and capricious in an attempt to halt it.
ROSEBURG, Ore. — Western Oregon’s few hardy kiwi berry growers have raised a bumper crop of the fruit this year. The 2019 volume is three to four times greater than the past couple of years.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The cold weather that struck eastern Washington this week is causing worries for growers of Washington apples.
Washington farm labor associations open new farmworker housing facilities and plan for more even though winter occupancy is low.
Quality so far looks excellent
An overwhelming majority of people at an Oct. 7 meeting in Okanogan, Wash., are opposed to more grizzly bears in the North Cascades. An assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior h…
EXETER, Calif. — Central Valley table olive farmers must wait in long lines at the Musco Family Olive Co. receiving plant in Exeter, Calif., but few are complaining.
The USDA has announced $2.1 million in grants for 14 projects in Oregon to promote specialty crops statewide, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery plants.
As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Jeff Merkley helped secure several provisions for both hazelnuts and organic agriculture. The spending bill p…
A social development company in Mexico City has a vision of helping H-2A workers and employers in the U.S. and communities in Mexico.
Agricultural foreign guestworkers sometimes quit their jobs early and return home for various reasons. A farm labor association says it’s a problem but how much of one is unclear from growers.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A late cold snap last winter has cut the production of Washington apricots in half.
A former Bush administration assistant secretary of Labor assesses pros and cons of proposed agricultural foreign guestworker rule changes.
The U.S. Department of Labor should consider setting minimum wages for foreign guestworkers at a flat percentage over minimum wage, says the National Council of Agricultural Employers.
Grower Frank Lyall apparently was the first to begin commercially harvesting Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple. They won’t hit stores until December.
Groups are sparring in court briefs over whether eliminating agriculture’s exemption from paying overtime will help or hurt workers, in advance of a hearing this month before the Washington Su…
Proposed changes to the H-2A-visa foreign guestworker program don’t incentivize use of E-verify, don’t meet administration goals and violate federal law, a farm labor association says.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Washington is known for apples, but researchers at Washington State University — along with colleagues at the University of Florida — may have discovered a long-sought…
A farm labor association wants Washington tree fruit growers to support a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federally-ordered increase in minimum wage for foreign guestworkers.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — In a lab southeast of Los Angeles, researchers are opening a new front in the yearslong battle against a tiny pest that has wreaked havoc on citrus groves around the world.
U.S. farmers are cheering a new trade deal with Japan that they say will put them on equal footing with overseas competitors.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's U.S. senators want the Trump administration to defend the state's pecan growers from tariffs during ongoing trade negotiations with India.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Council of Agricultural Employers say proposed changes to the H-2A-visa agricultural guestworker program could increase, not decrease, labor costs.
While hazelnuts remain mired in a broader trade conflict, Oregon farmers will receive a substantially higher minimum price for the crop this year.
A federal judge has denied Washington State University’s request to recover $100,000 in attorney fees from an agricultural technology company involved in litigation over Cosmic Crisp apples.
Stephen Collum, owner of Vineyard Concepts, a vineyard management company in Calaveras County, Calif., says Mother Nature has one unwavering rule: there is never a down time in the vineyards.
Two former National Weather Service forecasters have kept spring frost forecasting alive in Central Washington since the National Weather Service quit doing it 23 years ago. They will begin tu…
A slight increase in U.S. hop stocks is indicative, a leading producer says, of a relatively good balance between supply and demand.
Momentum for Oregon's wine industry continued to build in 2018, with across-the-board growth in production, value and sales, according to a new industry report.
USMCA passage is critical to maintaining U.S. positions in global markets, U.S. Apple Association warns.
Three Washington tree fruit companies are seeking a preliminary injunction to halt a federally-mandated wage increase from the same judge who granted one in a blueberry case.
How many opponents of North Cascades grizzly bear restoration attend an Oct. 7 public meeting could be key in deciding plan’s fate.
A Leavenworth, Wash., orchardist is accustom to black bears eating pears in his orchard, doesn’t mind if grizzlies proliferate on their own but opposes the government bringing them in.
Population growth, water supply among issues
World producers, exporters, importers and retailers of fresh produce gather in Hong Kong for annual trade show where Washingon’s Cosmic Crisp is among many items displayed.
A federal judge has ruled that an Oregon vineyard has plausibly alleged harm from a neighboring marijuana operation and may proceed with a racketeering lawsuit against it.
New detections of the lethal phylloxera pest in vineyards in Washington’s Walla Walla region are raising concerns about costlier management practices and potential rootstock replacements.
GIRESUN, Turkey — In an elementary school yard in the tiny Black Sea village of Bulancak in northeast Turkey, two workers spread out hazelnuts to dry in the parking lot.
China ratchets up tariffs on Sept. 1 which one observer says will kill its imports of Washington apples while another is more optimistic.
Oregon's hop harvest is in full swing, including at Goschie Farms in Silverton.
A leading produce association believes the new U.S.-Japan trade deal will help fruits, vegetables and nuts but details are not yet known.
A Washington State University agricultural weather service is reorganizing staff and expanding weather stations following a vacanies in staffing.
Oregon hazelnut production is expected to dip slightly in 2019 compared to last year's record-setting crop, though the industry remains poised for long-term growth as orchards planted within t…
A USDA under secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs tells U.S. apple growers it’s no time to retreat in the trade war. Apple exports were down 27% in 2018 due to tariffs.
Instrumental in UI pomology, viticulture program
Portland-based Intel launched a pilot project last year with Curry & Co., a blueberry processor in Brooks, Ore., to demonstrate the value of blockchain technology for agricultural shipping.
A major Washington fruit company is suing the U.S. Department of Labor over the department ordering a 50% increase in blueberry picker wages.
Natural methods of combating pear psylla was among topics discussed at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center’s field day.
Irrigators say this year’s drought in Central Washington has been far less than it might have been and far less than the 2015 drought because of mild temperatures and rain.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — McMinnville, 1971. When a handful of pioneering farmers bought land on the outskirts of this modest rural town and decided to plant wine grapes, people called them crazy. W…